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Janice Friesen

Technologist Austin, US
I was a technology teacher in Elementary School until a few years ago when I started my business helping people to be successful using technology. I have lots of thoughts about families and technology and I am interested in what other people have to say. Technology has become an important reality in all of our lives and it is constantly changing. It is really important to think about how we use it.

Vivien de Tusch-Lec

Software/app development London, GB
Mobile app publisher for parents. Founded Bubele, which helps parents get connected to their local communities. Find beta version on the app store currently. Well versed on all things mobile app related. Also used to manage Gerson Lehrman Group's Technology, Media and Telecom business in EMEA. And juggling all as mum of 2 small children!

Leigh Parlor

Education AU
Leigh Parlor is an Australian based Literacy Consultant who is on a mission to share as much information about learning to read as possible! She is also a Wife, Mum, Classroom Teacher and Literacy Specialist who values the importance of education in our busy world. Leigh started her website ‘The Education Clinic’ to promote literacy development and provide ideas to parents, teachers and early childhood carers. She has a Bachelor Degree in Primary Education and was awarded Level 3 Teacher Status in 2005 which is the highest recognition available to Western Australian Teachers.

Alejandra Peres

Education Lake Forest, US
I am the Founder and President of KidSmarter. I have a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also have a Masters Degree in Economic Development from Boston University and worked at Harvard University as a Research Assistant. I have a strong interest in economic development and education -- these important fields are so closely related. Education is the drive of my start up and the increasing use of mobile devices allows me to be creative in order to promote kids enjoy and love learning through technology. I am a mother of three preteens ages 8 and 11 (twin boys). The academic and emotional well being of my children is the inspiration of my work and I hope to share it with other kids in the world.

Jared Johnson

Education Lexington, US
I have a Masters in Education in Educational Technology and Integration. I have a been a Technology Integration Specialist for 4 years and before that I was a high school Social Studies teacher. I love technology and how it can positively impact student learning when utilized properly. I currently service a 1 to 1 iPad school district in South Carolina.

Janet Dudley

Learning difficulties and disabilities San Diego, US
I am a social cognitive specialist and a speech pathologist who has the privilege of teaching socially quirky kids how to navigate the social world by connecting and relating to others. I love helping kids understand that we are always impacting the thoughts and feelings of those around us and teaching those tricky "hidden" social rules that so often are never explicitly taught. I also have expertise in executive functioning and work with kids to increase their situational awareness, time management skills and improve their organizational skills. This is all done with a lot of humor and compassion...I learn something new every day from my kids!

Sean Braacx

Technology Vancouver, CA
I am the founder of Whys Learning, a website with activities for families, that help teach social skills – empowering the parents, not replacing them. Personally, I am a dad and a husband, striving to grow in both these roles. Professionally, over the past 10 years I have been working on creating websites and mobile applications in various fields. My goal is to help parents do the same thing I am doing, prepare their children for the future!

Paul Vasey

Education SF, US
Taught Business Studies Teacher in the UK for 12 years. Since left the classroom nd moved to the US, to walk the walk after talking the talk. Set up my business Fortune and Venture which is based around Financial Education, Entrepreneurship and Business. Currently generating interest in the US, learning a huge amount about the Education system and being an Entrepreneur.

Brian Williamson

Learning difficulties and disabilities Wallasey, GB
Brian is a very experienced one-to-one tutor and general special educational needs practitioner. He has worked with individuals in a wide range of educational environments and has encountered a multitude of learning preferences. Trained in mathematics he explores learning from a rigorous, symbolic albeit holistic stance. Brian is an active member of his university's pedagogy research group, a former school inspector and the writer and illustrator in a fantasy-based learning school theatre group.

Chris Sutton

Education Eumundi, AU
I'm a teacher, partner, trainer, photographer, consultant, quilter, educational designer, Mum, cook, writer, Moodler, quilter, Grandma, educator, storyteller, painter ... lots of hats! I live on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland in Australia. Eumundi is a creative, relaxed community in a lovely environment - home to one of the best art, craft, food and fashion markets in the world! I have three sons and my partner has a son and a daughter. Between us we have 10 grandchildren between the ages of 6 and 23, so lots of parenting and grand-parenting experience there! We also have an Old English Sheepdog, called Jedd, who has his own Facebook page. I started in e-Learning in the 1980s, before there was an internet and before there was email. I I don't think any of us realised what an impact that new technology was going to have on our lives. If we had, we may have thought twice. I now have a company, that develops online learning resources and strategies for all sectors of education. I have a passion for authentic e-learning and encourage the development of authentic, blended, learner-centric, teacher supported e-learning that engages, excites and encourages life long learning.

Suzanne Freyjadis

Technology Austin, US
I run a consultancy and website called, Game Education LLC. I'm currently Consulting for a new EduGaming Conference to take place in August 2014. I also conduct research on the best ways to interrupt technology education in the primary grades. I am currently piloting a project where the goal is effective use of existing classroom technology. Many teachers are so overwhelmed with other curriculum that the technology piece falls by the wayside, which leaves students under-utilizing the technology tools they have. I am also interested in useful educational games, which are few and far between.

Melike Ergüven

Technology Bergisch Gladbach, DE
Established a web portal ( designed as a Kids Mobile Apps Guide for turkish speaking families all over the world. Design, customizing, social media marketing, content development and establishing new contacts are accomplished during the time when I was working as a stay-at-home mom. Localization of 3 kids applications are done up to now.

Mike Browne

Gadget/hardware design Long Beach, US
I am a cartoonist/animator that invented an accessory for tablets. The QwickDraw Microfiber Cleaner cleans your tablet screen while you write or draw. I have spent many years drawing and painting with traditional tools. I have successfully transitioned to drawing on an iPad. Drawing with a stylus is great. Tablets are powerful artistic tools.

Lambrini Stamati

Parenting skills Αθήνα, GR
I live with my family in Athens, Greece. Following a long career in communications and journalism, I still work with and for people, researching and providing the true, kind and necessary information with the focus on children’s first relationships within the family, with mother and parents. I work with families and children towards their personal development and empowerment, through the non-profit organization Photodentra (Trees of Light) and the online parents’ magazine Photodentro (Tree of Light, at I recently introduced Simplicity Parenting community in Greece, by facilitating parents' groups and by translating Kim John Payne’s Simplicity Parenting book in Greek ( Walking on the enlightening path of simplicity, I have found inspiration and insight that I feel privileged to be sharing with the families I work with.

Ellie Hirsch

Parenting skills Tampa, US
My name is Ellie Hirsch, also known as Ellie, The Mommy Master®. I founded to help moms (and dads) to master motherhood. I offer parenting tips, tricks and tools, as well as a platform for mompreneurs looking to build their business. Some of the tools I offer includes my award winning children's CD, "Music is Magical, Children's Songs with Ellie", available at and iTunes. From potty training to manners, the first day of school to cleaning up and more, my music is a wonderful parenting and teaching tool that helps introduce important topics to children. It recently won a Parents' Choice Award and continues to receive rave reviews. In addition to relevant articles and advice, you will find the series, "A Dad's Perspective" at, which allows us women to hear what dads have to say about all things parenting. Our initiative, The Mommy Master of the Month, has become quite popular and gives women the opportunity to promote their business at no charge. Many women approach me because they are afraid of failing at parenthood and I provide them with the confidence and reassurance in overall parental decision making. I teach women that it's okay to fail and that no one is the perfect parent. Some days you will be a Mommy Master and others, a Mommy Disaster, and that is okay. As a parenting expert, I am often quoted in popular online and print parenting magazines and can be seen on 10News Tampa, as part of the Mom Squad, weighing in on important parenting related topics. You can also find me at the popular radio station Magic 94.9's blog every month, whipping up healthy and fun kid friendly ideas in the kitchen. I was born and raised in NY, received a degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, and now reside in Tampa with my three amazing little boys, husband and Goldendoodle.

William Moylan

Language Summerville, US
I am a certified speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience in both the school environment and private practice setting. During my career, I have worked with children at all age levels and have collaborated with the child’s family, teachers, doctors, and other related service providers to provided a well-rounded program of care to best meet the child’s needs. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University in 1979 and my Master of Science in Education degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from SUNY College at Fredonia in 1981. I also completed the certification program in School Administration and Supervision at Loyola College in Maryland. After completing my Masters Degree, I worked for 27 years in the public school systems in New York, Maryland, and South Carolina, followed by experience in private practice since leaving the schools in 2009. My most recent experience has involved developing and leading social language groups to meet the pragmatic language needs of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Finally, My experience also includes delivering presentations at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention in 2010 and the South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association Annual Conventions in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Joan Green

Learning difficulties and disabilities Potomac, US
I am a speech-language pathologist with over 27 years of experience helping children as well as adults improve communication,cognition, literacy and learning. I specialize in empowering families with the knowledge of affordable resources and how to select those that are most appropriate for their situation. I provide online guidance, coaching and suggestions for implementation strategies to speed up progress toward goals. I train education and rehabilitation professionals as well as families. For those in the Washington, DC area, I also provide direct therapy. In addition to online consultations, I provide webinars, conferences, write books and offer a free informative online newsletter titled "Innovative Technology Treatment Solutions." Most importantly, I am the mother of 4 wonderful children who are now 21, 19, 17 and 14 years old.

Joann Tuttle

Language New York, US
Joann Tuttle, M.S. CCC-SLP is a highly experienced Speech-Language Pathologist, certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and licensed by the states of New York and New Jersey. She holds two Master's Degrees; Communication Disorders and Educational Administration and Supervision. She has worked as a school Speech-Language Pathologist as well as an SLP Administrator. She has a practice in Foreign Accent Modification, Articulation, and Language Development. She is an Educational Consultant for students with disabilities. Throughout her career she taught at the University level, worked in a New York City Hospital and provided professional training, development, and management. She is committed to helping individuals communicate to the best of their ability.

Robin Kahn

Language New York, US
I have experience in working with a wide variety of age groups and populations of people who live with speech-language delay feeding skill development and motor planning skills so that speech can actually be produced. I am PROMPT trained, a question that i am frequently asked. Most recently, I have been working with children in their homes and provide early intervention services. I enjoy working with parents as a coach so that they can increase their skill base and help their children at home. What i find particularly rewarding is the fact that i can actually assist children and families in realizing true functional gains so that communication and mealtime can be more enjoyable. I have a great deal of experience in working with children on the autism spectrum. Parents especially have expressed appreciation for the fact that they have been given greater knowledge and empowerment to facilitate growth in their children as well as in themselves as their child's first "teacher". I also have been helping older children, privately, who are in need of assistance, preparing for testing that requires a fund of language based skills such as reading comprehension and the ability to write compositions.

Lucy Gill

Technology Seer Green, GB
I'm putting together a website that provides reviews of apps for children, parents and childcare professionals to help people (particularly in the UK) to choose the right apps for their children and give developers advice on how to make their apps even better. I've been conducting user research on apps, TV services, websites and other technologies for almost 10 years for leading names like the BBC and have become fascinated by how much children can learn through apps and other technology while having fun. However, as a parent myself I know how hard it is to choose the right apps for your kids and how easily usability or other issues with apps can put the kids off the app completely.

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